Practitioner Resources

The resources contained on this page are intended to support you and learners / clients.

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FEATURE IMAGE COLOUR KEY: Blue: Post Primary - Purple: Further Education & Training - Green: European/International

A number of the resources provided are editable templates', after downloading you will need to have the appropriate software installed on your device in order to customise these resources.
For example MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, MS PowerPoint

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Developing a Confidentiality Policy for Post-Primary Schools

This document has been produced in order to outline how information about students should be treated by those who work in post-primary schools. Some suggestions are made to help schools to clarify how information is treated and to enable school staff to develop relevant policies in that regard. Although particular reference is made to confidentiality in the work of the Guidance Counsellor, emphasis is placed on the adoption of a whole-school approach to the issues.

JANUARY 2022 - This resource is currently being updated. A revised version will be populated here soon.

Post Primary

NCGE / Colum Layton

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Self-Care and Mental Health issues for Adult Education Guidance Services

In November 2019 NCGE hosted CPD for AEGS staff, including workshops delivered by Dr Marie Rooney on ‘Supporting the practitioner to support the client: Self-Care and Mental Health issues for Adult Education Guidance Services’. The resource booklet developed by Dr Rooney for this workshop is now available and provides information, references and resources that may be useful in the support of AEGS staff and clients.

Further Education & Training

Dr Marie Rooney 

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-Self-Care-Mental-Health-PDF-EN.pdf

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Developing a Policy on Assessment in Post Primary Schools

This document has been produced in order to provide Post Primary schools with a framework for designing and developing a policy on assessment in accordance with all relevant Department of Education and Skills (DES) policy, circulars and publications. This document has been created in line with DES Circular 0067/20

Circular 0067/2020 applies to all instances where psychometric tests (either ability, aptitude or achievement) are administered.

This resource contains four sections as follows:

  • A sample ‘Assessment Policy’ which may be adjusted for use in postprimary schools.
  • A sample ‘Parental Consent to Assessment’ form
  • A sample ‘FAQ information sheet' for parents/guardians
  • A list of key policies, circulars and publications on topics relating to assessment in post primary schools

Content for consideration is included within the sample 'Assessment Policy' and schools may adjust / overwrite this content in line with the unique needs of their school.

You download the 'templates' as seperate documents; by saving to your device you can then type directly into these templates, or  you can delete the prefilled content and print.


Post Primary


  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Developing-an-Assessment-Policy-PDF-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Developing-an-Assessment-Policy-PDF-GA.pdf
  3. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Assessment-Policy-PDF-EN.pdf
  4. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Assessment-Policy-PDF-GA.pdf
  5. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Parental-Consent-Notice-PDF-EN.pdf
  6. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Parental-Consent-Notice-PDF-GA.pdf
  7. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Parental-FAQ-Sheet-PDF-EN.pdf
  8. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Parental-FAQ-Sheet-PDF-GA.pdf

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Guidelines on Provision of AEGS to 16-17 year olds

In 2014, the Department of Education and Skills requested NCGE to develop Guidelines on the Provision of Adult Educational Guidance Services to 16 and 17 year olds to enhance and support the existing DES AEGI Operational Guidelines 2012. These Guidelines are intended to support the Adult Educational Guidance Services (AEGS) nationally and were intended to inform AEG Services and their managing agencies - the Education and Training Boards (ETBs).

Further Education & Training

NCGE / Deparment of Education and Skills

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-Guidelines_Provision_of_AEGS_to_16_and_17_Year_Olds-PDF-EN.pdf

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Presentation for new AEGS Staff

On September 19th 2019 NCGE welcomed a group of Guidance staff recently recruited to work in established ETB AEGS around the country. This was a lively session with Guidance Coordinators, Guidance Information Officers and Guidance Counsellors taking the opportunity to listen and discuss the role of data gathering in the AEGS model, the way the AEGS model of Guidance has developed and how developments in the FET ‘landscape’ will influence Guidance delivery in to the future.

Further Education & Training


  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-Presentation-NewAEGSstaff-PDF-EN.pdf

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Irish Refugee Council – Information Booklet 2019/2020

In March 2019 NCGE facilitated CPD for AEGS’ staff on the topic of Social Inclusion. The Irish Refugee Council were among the presenters at this event to inform on their role working with and for refugees in Ireland. Further to the IRC’s involvement with this CPD, the IRC have provided their Information Booklet 2019/2020, a resource which may be of use for FET guidance provision for Irish refugees or to otherwise provide relevant information/points of referral.

Further Education & Training

Irish Refugee Council

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-IRC-Education-Information-Booklet2019-PDF-EN.pdf

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Social inclusion, Challenges and Opportunities

In March 2019 CPD was developed to offer AEGS’ an opportunity to learn about ongoing relevant policy developments in the area of social inclusion.

With speakers from various areas of policy and practice; part of the purpose of this CPD programme was to support AEGS guidance staff in sharing knowledge, expertise and practice. The events  were a reminder of the challenges to sincerely inclusive practice; and the need for useful collaboration and necessary cooperation between services in this crowded landscape where many agencies and services may be working on behalf of different Government departments and associated policies and strategies and priorities. You can access the presentations below,

Further Education & Training

NCGE / Dr Ebun Joseph/ SOLAS / NDA / BITCI / ESOL

  1. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-GCC-Presentation-PDF-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-IO-Presentation-PDF-EN.pdf
  3. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-Ebun-Joseph-PDF-EN.pdf
  4. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-SOLAS-Active-Inclusion-PDF-EN.pdf
  5. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-NDA-Guidance-PDF-EN.pdf
  6. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-NDA-Universal-Design-PDF-EN.pdf
  8. PDF icon NCGE-FET-AEGS-Social-Inclusion-ESOL-PDF-EN.pdf

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Anxiety and Stress

This resource introduces and summarises key aspects to consider, where anxiety is concerned.

The resource is provided in Word Document format and contains 7 x main sections


You may find it convenient to seperate out the sections in this document and provide digitally or in printed form to students, colleagues and parents.

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-Anxiety-Stress-EN.docx
Developing Myself
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Record Templates for Guidance Counselling One-to-One Meetings with Students

In keeping with professional good practice in guidance; records should be kept of all meetings with students.
Examples of simple, one-page templates for use during an educational/career guidance one-to-one meeting and a personal guidance counselling one-to-one meeting with students can be accessed below.

It may be helpful to print and photocopy these (completed) documents after each meeting with a student so both the Guidance Counsellor and student share the same record of the meeting.

Post Primary

NCGE / Colum Layton

  1. File NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-2022-EDCareers-EN.docx
  2. File NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-2022-EDCareers-GA.docx
  3. File NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-2022-PersonalGC-1-1-EN.docx
  4. File NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-2022-PersonalGC-1-1-GA.docx

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Applying for Jobs

The resource outlines a number of helpful tips for students applying for work experience including how to identify what to apply for and how to prepare a CV and cover letter.

This resource can be used to support student learning regarding their interests and aptitudes and can be applied in a classroom setting by presenting to students for completion, followed by discussion of their choices in small groups.

The resource is provided in word format and contains 3 x Sections


You may find it convenient to seperate out the sections in this document and provide digitally or in printed form to students.

Post Primary

NCGE / Colum Layton

  1. File NCGE-PP-Applying-for-Jobs-EN.docx
Developing My Career Path, Developing My Learning, Guidance for ALL
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